REVIEW: “Antichrist” (***1/2)

Posted by · 10:01 am · June 23rd, 2009

Edinburgh International Film Festival “I am the greatest director in the world,” Lars von Trier declared in an already notorious Cannes press conference following the unveiling of “Antichrist” in May.  Unable to resist such shameless baiting, most critics either responded with affectionate exasperation (“Oh, Lars!”) or, as one suspects von Trier preferred, tomato-faced indignation. What […]

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Back in the spotlight

Posted by · 4:28 am · May 18th, 2009

UPDATE: Sorry, my fascination is unending. The Guardian’s Xan Brooks comes out in full support of the film: I stumble out in a daze, momentarily unsure whether I loved it or loathed it. Abruptly I realise that I love it. Von Trier has slapped Cannes with an astonishing, extraordinary picture – shocking and comical; a […]

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THE LISTS: Top 10 Cannes runners-up of all time

Posted by · 2:08 pm · May 12th, 2009

I’ll be honest with you, readers. Struck with the idea of waking (after its winter nap) our weekly lists feature with something suitably Cannes-themed, I started with the obvious: the 10 greatest Palme d’Or winners of all time. Simple, snappy, uncomplicated. Or so I thought. But as I began whittling down the titles, I came […]

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New WTF still from Von Trier’s ‘Antichrist’

Posted by · 4:05 pm · March 24th, 2009

I go back and forth with Lars Von Trier.  Lots of respect for “Breaking the Waves,” hated “Dancer in the Dark,” “Dogville” topped my list in 2004 (though shamefully I’ve yet to see “Manderlay”), etc., etc.  But I can’t wait to see “Antichrist.”  This new still from the film totally freaks me out but I […]

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